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  • A number of window, door and skylight executives sent a joint letter yesterday to all members of Congress urging them to pass a temporary extension of the energy efficient tax credit for windows, doors and skylights during the current lame duck session. Without an extension, the tax credit will sunset on December 31. The letter states that the current credit has spurred consumer purchases that... more »
  • Jim Doerger, founder of Vinylmax, is assuming the role of chairman of the board for the manufacturer of vinyl and wood replacement windows at the end this year.  His daughter, Laura Doerger-Roberts, will become president and general manager, and his sons, Craig Doerger and Dave Doerger, will be named vice presidents, forming the leadership team that will have direct responsibility for all... more »
  • Centor Architectural, the supplier of folding door, screen and blind systems, recently opened a new branch in St. Petersburg, Fla.  The location is the first of three new branches planned by the Australian company. “Our new Florida office will allow us to better address the market in both Southeastern United States, as well as the Caribbean,” says Paul Cornish, Centor Florida... more »
  • A new management team will be taking over day-to-day operations at MDL Doors, as Mervin Lichty, current president and general manager, assumes a new role as the chief strategic officer and chairman.  The transition will take place over the next six months. Established in 1984, MDL Doors is said to be one of the largest pre-hanging facilities in Canada. Based in Brussels, Ont., it supplies... more »
  • Next Dimension Components Inc., a profile wrapping operation in Jefferson, Ohio, recently completed an expansion of its facilities. Doubling in size to 40,000 square feet, the facility houses four new Barberan profile wrapping machines. “We are approaching our one year anniversary and just doubled our facility size," states Rhine Blake, Next Dimension founder and CEO. "We now have... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc. is selling three resorts in Central and Southern Oregon to a new partnership comprising Northview Hotel Group and a subsidiary of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP. The sale includes Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte, Eagle Crest Resort near Redmond (Bend), and Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls. “This is an important strategic decision for Jeld-Wen, and I am very... more »
  • Storm door maker Larson Manufacturing plans to end second shift operations at its Clear Lake, Iowa, plant beginning next year, according to an article in the Mason City Globe Gazette.  About 60 of the facility's 210 employees will be affected. "The stagnant economy has not shown clear signs of improving and we need to right-size our capacity to meet the market demand," says Jeff... more »
  • Four current managers at Dashwood Industries Inc. plan to buy the vinyl window maker from Andersen Corp., which purchased the Canadian company in 1995.  Dashwood, based in Centralia, Ont., will continue to market its products within the province under new ownership.  The transaction is expected to be completed in December. “While we believe the business has long-term viability and... more »
  • Norandex Building Materials Distribution Inc., based in Hudson, Ohio, is implementing a restructuring process to complete a transformation from its historic roots as a vertically-integrated vinyl siding supplier to a full-line distributor of exterior products, company officials state. The plan includes the closing of numerous branches around the country, but it allows Norandex to continue... more »
  • Toronto, ON—New products and new looks abounded at Win-Door North America, the annual event hosted by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre here last week.  One new look was a new name and logo for CWDMA, which voted officially to change its name to Fenestration Canada during meetings held in conjunction with the trade show... more »